I don't hate a lot of things, but cliches are definitely in the Top 5. When I see "my thoughts and prayers are with you" in the wake of a death or tragedy, it makes me gnash my teeth because I think it's just something people say, even when they're not thinking/praying.
When my father died I felt like the condolences were virtually meaningless as they changed nothing, but given that my assumption of death is it is probably the same as before we were alive, and in my opinion not existing sounds profoundly peaceful in contrast to the stuggle of life... I would just suggest that they are at peace.
People rarely offer to pray for me, maybe they think it's opening a door to (church lady voice) SATAN. When it happens, I acknowledge they're wishing me well...or maybe they're trying to justify their own delusions and validate their mythology by converting me.
I'll often tell people, I wish you the best or I hope you win the lottery.
Good question. I despise seeing that crap all over Facebook. I agree with you. Just something they say. How many of those folks actually stop what they're doing and pray?? Or, they use that little prayer hands emoticon. Yea that's thought provoking and profound.
Like that one church shooting last year. Immediately all over social media, people were sending their thoughts and prayers about the CHURCH shooting. Really?? Thoughts and prayers didn't exactly help there, did it??
Just empty words.......